College of Liberal Arts & Sciences

Michael Bugeja

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Matt Wettengel

Director and Professor


101A Hamilton Hall


Favorite Experience

Year at ISU



  • Ph.D., English, Oklahoma State University, 1985.
  • M.S., Mass Communication, South Dakota State University, 1976.
  • B.A., German, Saint Peter’s College, 1974.

Teaching and Research

  • Media ethics, magazine writing, news writing, new technologies, and interpersonal communication.


  • Interpersonal Divide: The Search for Community in a Technological Age (Oxford University Press) and Living Ethics Across Media Platforms (Oxford University Press), both of which won the Clifford G. Christians Award for Research in Media Ethics.
  • Creative and nonfiction works have appeared in Harper’s, Georgia Review, Kenyon Review, Sewanee Review, Chronicle of Higher Education, The Chronicle Review, Editor & Publisher, Quill, among others. Commentaries on ethics have been featured in Newsday, Florida Today, American Journalism Review, Rocky Mountain News, Cleveland Plain Dealer, Columbus Dispatch, CBS radio and the Fox News Network. Author of 19 books, including "Interpersonal Divide: The Search for Community in a Technological Age," "Living Without Fear: Understanding Cancer and the New Therapies," "Living Ethics: Developing Values in Mass Communication" and "Guide to Writing Magazine Nonfiction."

Major Awards

  • Iowa State University Outstanding Achievement in Administration, LAS Award for Outstanding Achievement in Administration, recipient of two outstanding "University Professor" awards (chosen by the student body of Ohio University); AMOCO Outstanding Teacher Award (chosen by the student body of Oklahoma State University); recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and Ohio Arts Council and a culture grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.


  • Worked as a reporter, correspondent and state editor for United Press International. Served as newspaper adviser for The Daily O’Collegian, Oklahoma State University. Held such academic positions as associate professor, Paul Miller School of Journalism and Broadcasting, Oklahoma State University, 1979-86; professor, E.W. Scripps School of Journalism, Ohio University, 1986-2003; and associate director, Scripps School of Journalism, 2001-03.

Current Research

  • media ethics, technology


  • ISU Strategic Planning Task Force


  • President, Ames Coin Club

News Sources

  • New York Times, New Yorker, Newsweek, Washington Post, Christian Science Monitor

Favorite Books

  • A Clockwork Orange
  • Brave New World
  • 1984
  • Der Zug War Punctlich
  • Ansichten eines Clowns

Favorite Musicians

  • Jimi Hendrix
  • Grace Slick
  • Eric Clapton
  • Led Zeppelin
  • Leonard Cohen


  • Hiking with my German Shepherd Dog, Elli
  • Playing with my son Mikayle

Favorite Movies

  • Sophie Scholl: The Last Days
  • Run Lola, Run
  • Good Night and Good Luck
  • All the President's Men
  • Signs